I am hoping for some advice on the following problem.
I want to upgrade to fibre optic broadband. It is available in my area. The problem I have is my house is over 100 years old and is built of stone. My computer is upstairs and internet access is via a netgear DG834 wireless router connected via ethernet cable. I only have one computer.
Wireless access to my downstairs to my tablet is "iffy". One bar or perhaps two bars at the most.
Now I understand that any fibre optic broadband is connected to my main BT socket, which in my house is downstairs, and then the signal is wireless around the house.
So if I can only get a limited wireless single at present from upstairs to downstairs surely the same will apply the other way.
I am loathe to spend money until I am sure that I can get the faster speed and consistent signal to my upstairs computer.
Any advice on how I can achieve this?
If you don't want to get the Master Socket moved to upstairs then you'll have to install the router next to the Openreach modem downstairs. You then need to get an Ethernet connection upstairs.
If WiFi is flaky then you could buy a repeater to boost the signal upstairs. Even with Wireless N 300Mbps, you might not be able to get the full potential out of your FTTC connection on your upstairs computer.
The more reliable bet is to install an Ethernet cable between the router downstairs and the upstairs computer.
However, if your house is old and installing an ethernet cable is problematic then you can use Homeplug adapters. I use Netgear XAVB5501s in exactly this configuration, and get in excess of 100Mbps throughput between my router connected server downstairs and my PC upstairs, so am sure this will be more than adequate for FTTC when it arrives soon (hopefully!).